After studying politics at Auckland University, South-African born Heather du Plessis-Allan did stints at TV3 and Radio Live before nearly a decade reporting for TVNZ, including two years on Seven Sharp. She gave up her dream job as a political reporter in mid 2015 — moving back to TV3 to co-host primetime current affairs show Story, and returning to Radio Live. While on Story, an investigation into the ease of buying guns online resulted in a police raid of her home. A 2016 interview with the Herald on Sunday revealed she would be leaving Mediaworks, and she did not appear on television the next day.
Those guys are slick, man. They stage things. They make it seem there's conflict in the party when there isn't, in order to achieve an aim. They release information in order to distract you from something. That stuff is so reprehensible that calling them out on it is the rewarding part. Heather du Plessis-Allan on reporting politics, in a 9 August 2015 Stuff interview
Seven Sharp debuted in 2013 on TV One's weeknight 7pm slot. It replaced long-running current affairs show Close Up. As TVNZ’s primetime post-news show, it has hosted major events like the general election leaders’ debate. Original presenters Alison Mau, Jesse Mulligan and Greg Boyed were replaced in the second series by two hosts: Toni Street and Mike Hosking. In 2018 Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells took over. Seven Sharp's debut marked a television journalism shift from one-on-one interviews, to a more conversational engagement with events of the day.
In 1975 TV One launched with a flagship 6.30 news bulletin which went largely unchanged with the move to TVNZ in 1980. In a 1987 revamp, it became the Network News with dual newsreaders Judy Bailey and Neil Billington (replaced by Richard Long). In 1988, the half hour programme moved to 6pm. With the advent of TV3 in late 1989, it was rebranded One Network News; and, from 1995, extended to an hour. The ill-fated replacing of Long with John Hawkesby in 1999 saw it make headlines rather than report them. In 1999, there was another name change to One News.